03/03/15 9:57am

For our morning links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.

  • More snow for Alexandria? – A wintry mix this afternoon into the evening means some iciness. Then, accumulating snow is possible Thursday. (Capital Weather Gang)
  • Tavern Traditions in Old Town Alexandria – Alexandria maintains a sense of community through it’s old-style tavern traditions. (Going Out Guide)
  • Update from Delegate Rob Krupicka – In the last six (6) weeks, the General Assembly has looked at over 2,500 bills. More… (Alexandria News)
  • Dupont Circle Escalators still having issues – This after a $12M fix. Should WMATA throw more money at the problem? (WJLA)
  • Alexandria resident a finalist for trip to Mars – Would you want to make the journey? This woman does. (Alexandria Times)
  • King Street car dealership gets one LAST chance – I’m shocked that the City Council allowed this after the Planning Commission turned them down. (Alexandria Times)
  • Alexandria’s George Mason elementary left behind – Is the ‘bigger picture’ the right move for George Mason? (Alexandria Gazette)
03/03/15 9:40am

Winter Weather Advisory NWS
The National Weather Service had previously issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area from 09:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. That has NOW been adjusted to 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Winter Weather Advisories are normally issued in advance of a storm when travel conditions are expected to worsen.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO
10 PM EST THIS EVENING…

* LOCATIONS…THE BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREAS
AND NORTH CENTRAL MARYLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…GENERALLY UP TO HALF INCH SNOW AND SLEET AND
LESS THAN ONE TENTH INCH ICE…UP TO ONE INCH SNOW AND TENTH INCH
OF ICE NEAR THE MASON-DIXON LINE.

* TIMING…MIDDAY TODAY THROUGH LATE THIS EVENING.

* IMPACTS…ROADS LIKELY SNOW AND ICE COVERED…MORE LIKELY
NORTH OF WASHINGTON DC. TRAVELING WILL BE DANGEROUS.

* WINDS…SOUTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S…SLOWLY RISING INTO
THE 30S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

03/03/15 9:05am

Dog - BellaYou can contact me for contact information on this. Click on the image on the right for a larger view.

Via OT Moms

A dear old high school friend of mine has come into some unfortunate circumstances and needs to find a loving home for his dog.

Bella has been staying with us for a month now while he’s been trying to figure things out. But it’s become apparent he won’t be able to keep her. He’s asked me to help her find a new home.

She appears to be a black lab / greyhound mix and is right on the low side of a medium sized dog. She’s about 4 years old and grew up part time at the beach and part time in Alexandria. She loves playing in the waves and taking walks. And she LOVES people.

She is great on leash, but will even walk next to you off leash. She obeys commands very well and is super smart. (She knows my name, my son’s name, etc. I’ll ask, “where’s Owen?” And she’ll run up to his room and circle around him.) She’s just such a great little pooch!

She has an amazingly sweet temperament. She is GREAT with kids, other dogs, and all she wants is love. I truly have never seen a dog wag her tail so much ever. All she wants is to love people and be loved back. My friend says she’s good with cats, but I haven’t personally seen this. But based on how she is with everyone/thing else, I’d imagine she would be great with cats. She’s very submissive.

She has a small growth on top of her front right paw. It doesn’t seem to bother her, but I want you to know about it up front. You may want to get it taken care of, or you may not need to. Again, it doesn’t seem to bother her at all.

I’d love to know that a happy family adopted her and will give her a wonderful forever home. (I wish I could, but I’m not in a position to do so either.)

Let me know if your family needs a new addition! You can come meet her and then go home and think about it. But I’m pretty sure that once you meet her, you’ll want to bring her home.

03/02/15 5:30pm

Winter Storm titan - March 3, 2014
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area from 09:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Winter Weather Advisories are normally issued in advance of a storm when travel conditions are expected to worsen.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM EST
TUESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING
RAIN… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM EST TUESDAY.

* LOCATIONS…THE BALTIMORE AND WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREAS AND
NORTH CENTRAL MARYLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES…SNOW…SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF UP TO 1 INCH…ALONG WITH
AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE.

* TIMING…TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE TUESDAY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW AND ICE COVERED. TRAVELLING WILL BE
DANGEROUS.

* WINDS…SOUTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE UPPER 20S.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

03/02/15 5:16pm

sharknado

This is an update to this post and this post.

As readers know, the B-movie franchise ‘Sharknado‘ will be filming its third installment in Washington, D.C. for release in July 2015. Click this link to read who’s been added to the list of cast members for the annual TV movie event.

Who would you like to see make a cameo and get eaten in Washington, D.C.? Do you think Alexandria, Virginia will play a part in the movie? Discuss below!

03/02/15 3:51pm

SecretServiceWH
Sounds like there’s still an issue with security at the White House even after promising to fix what’s broke with security.

Via AP

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary says one man was apprehended Sunday night outside the south side of the White House after he climbed over a bike rack that serves as an outer security perimeter. Leary reports the man was charged with unlawful entry.

The second incident occurred about 6:45 a.m. EST Monday at a north side entrance to the White House. Leary says that as construction workers departed, an individual tried to get in though the open gate. Leary says that man was detained and arrested after a physical confrontation.